Just as London wrapped up its menswear fashion week after four days of runway shows that mixed tradition with novelty, that abounded in colours and prints, that married the casual and the smart into fresh offerings for spring / summer 2016, we are more than ready to bring down the curtain with a round off including the most important lessons London Collections: Men has taught us.
After the break, the 9 things we learned from London Men’s spring / summer 2016.
Feminine fabrics enter menswear territory.
Come spring, you can expect for more and more fabrics perceived as traditionally feminine to be cut into strong menswear silhouettes, much like the delicate lace shirts and ties peeping out of sharp and lean suits, or the dramatic trench coat, all spotted over at Burberry men’s:
See more: Burberry Spring 2016.
Pyjama-tailoring takes sleepwear to the streets.
Also in spring, it will be high-time for gentlemen to play catch-up when it comes to pyjama dressing, having Topman Design to thank for reimagining the sleepwear silhouettes as daywear. Wide-leg pants, candy stripes and relaxed cuts are ready to ensure that pyjama-tailoring will fit nicely once taken onto streets:
See more: Topman Design Spring 2016.
Mixing casual elements with formal clothing is still in.
In between the designers’ wish to continue building upon a successful recipe, and the retailers’ desire to keep indulging the modern man with the possibility to cleverly combine his wardrobe favorites, the mix of casual elements with smart tailoring is still very much in:
See more: Hardy Amies Spring 2016.
Black & white reemerges as a trend for spring 2016.
While we’re still in the early days of the spring / summer 2016 season, the subtle, restrained, sometimes relaxed take on the classic black and white combination seen on the London runways, suggests a reemergence of the trend, celebrated full-force at Margaret Howell:
See more: Margaret Howell Spring 2016.
“Jerkins” are the new zip-up blousons.
If you’re up-to-date with the collections presented during London Men’s, then chances are you noticed the resurgence of the zip-up blousons all over the runways. While they may just as well be representing the neat, modern take on classic casual wear, they did get a brand new name over at E. Tautz: “jerkins”, the zip-up blousons are now called “jerkins”.
See more: E. Tautz Spring 2016.
Hybrid coats are the next best thing in outerwear.
When it comes to classic outwear there’s little you can add to update the exisiting silhouettes while still making them look convincing, yet somehow, the duo behind Casely-Hayford found the clever way to do that. They hybrid coats mix classic British tailoring with regular bomber jacket forms into elongated silhouettes that may actually work:
See more: Casely-Hayford Spring 2016.
Zips and double-zips take basics to a whole new level.
There was something about zips, double zips and double-ended zips that winded-up convincing all designers to include them into spring 2016’s menswear offering. Abounding on the LCM’s runways, the zip-up basics reached a whole new level of cool, as perfectly exemplified at Christopher Shannon:
See more: Christopher Shannon Spring 2016.
The nautical theme is about to get a modern update.
The perennial nautical theme gets infinitely more charming for spring ’16, as reenvisioned by the house of Alexander McQueen. Stripes of different widths, spliced together into building a patchwork knit, looked both modern and fresh as paired to cropped sailor pants:
See more: Alexander McQueen Spring 2016.
Youthful is better when it comes to ’70s fashion.
The ’70s fashion trending right now can represent quite a challenge for the modern gentlemen, but as the London runways proved, the retro look can be made awesome if kept youthful and fresh. Borrow inspiration from Coach, where an old-school leather jacket was styled with bold prints, casual shorts and trainers:
See more: Coach Spring 2016.